Kevin Sheedy says teams wanting to secure the No.1 pick in this year's draft will have to be bold and hand Greater Western Sydney a player in their prime and ranked within the top five at the club.
The Giants, favourites to secure the wooden spoon this season, have stated their willingness to give up their prized top selection – and with it access to boom young forward Tom Boyd – but Sheedy wants in return an elite player who can give the league's newest club at least five years of high-quality service.
With the Giants having built their list primarily on early draft picks, laced with a smattering of players in their early 20s and veterans past their best, Sheedy said the "next four recruits coming into the club are absolutely crucial" and needed to be experienced.
"They'd want to be top five in the best and fairest and they'd want to be near 24-25 that will be around for five years," said Sheedy, who will hand the reins to Leon Cameron as Giants coach at the end of the season.
"We're giving you a 10-year player who will no doubt be a champion.
"It's got to be a win-win. How many games will a player we have coming to us play for us? What is his position?
"We will be giving probably a top-class 10-year player of the calibre of [Luke] Hodge, [Chris] Judd or [Nic] Naitanui – those sort of blokes."
The last time a club traded away the No.1 pick was in 2001 when Hawthorn gave up Trent Croad and Luke McPharlin for picks 1, 20 and 36, which yielded star duo Sam Mitchell and Hodge.
The Giants, already in the hunt for Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin, are on the lookout for a ruckman and a seasoned key defender to support Phil Davis and Aidan Corr, a first-round pick from last year's draft.
Players such as the Brisbane Lions' recently re-signed big man Matthew Leuenberger, Carlton pair Matthew Kreuzer and Lachie Henderson, Collingwood's Ben Reid, Melbourne defender James Frawley and West Coast star Nic Naitanui are among those who go close to satisfying Sheedy's criteria.
Not all can boast a top-five best and fairest finish but are comfortably in their clubs' best 22, which would make it more difficult for any club to let them go. But Sheedy said it was in the interests of rival clubs to deal with the Giants.
"It will be a pain for them later on when these No.1 picks all keep coming through," Sheedy said.
"If they had any intelligence they'd be trying to water down our list very soon.
"As it was we actually just made Gold Coast Suns more powerful by clearing [Jack] Martin and [Jaeger] O'Meara to them. I'm not quite sure that's how everyone thought it would pan out."
Carlton has already stated its interest in doing business with the Giants, and is prepared to make radical changes to its underperforming list.
Boyd, 17, at 199 centimetres and 102 kilograms, is shaping as a long-term key forward prospect. The Giants are well stocked in that area with impressive duo Jeremy Cameron and Jonathon Patton both showing enormous promise.
WHAT IT COULD COST YOUR CLUB FOR PICK NO.1
Adelaide: Patrick Dangerfield, Taylor Walker, Rory Sloane, Sam Jacobs
Brisbane Lions: Pearce Hanley, Matthew Leuenberger, Daniel Rich
Carlton: Matthew Kreuzer, Chris Yarran, Bryce Gibbs, Lachie Henderson
Collingwood: Dayne Beams, Scott Pendlebury, Ben Reid
Essendon: Tom Bellchambers, Jake Carlisle, Patrick Ryder
Fremantle: Chris Mayne
Geelong: Tom Hawkins
Hawthorn: Lance Franklin
Melbourne: James Frawley
North Melbourne: Todd Goldstein
Richmond: Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt
St Kilda: Ben McEvoy
Sydney: Josh Kennedy
West Coast: Nic Naitanui